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Month: November 2016

Hooked: The Impact of the Underwater Drone

Hooked: The Impact of the Underwater Drone

“I’ve spent time in streams and lakes; I’ve stepped on enough hooks and felt enough fish against my leg to know there’s more underwater than meets the eye. Now, I’m determined to find it.” Danny Vessels and two other Hope College alumni have banded together to develop one of the first underwater drones for personal use. The Fathom One drone, available for purchase at $499 following a Kickstarter campaign launched over the summer. My personal communication with them over the…

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Finders, Keepers: Plagiarism in the Work of a Scientist

Finders, Keepers: Plagiarism in the Work of a Scientist

That’s when the door slams shut, the blindfold is tied… and the capture is complete. In an criminal context, this is a kidnapping. In science and academics, it’s plagiarism. The root word of plagiarism is the Greek word, “plagium.” Definition: “The capturing of a man.”   Plagiarism is the use of another individual’s information and claiming it as one’s own, which affects the credibility of the information involved in the essay or published work. In the work of a scientist,…

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Everything is Better in 2.0

Everything is Better in 2.0

The newest, the latest, the ever-growing… and the best part? It’s all about YOU. Web 2.0, launched originally in the early 2000’s and now, still in a period of growth over ten years later. We know it best in the social media sites we use, such as Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, where user-generated content reigns. We’re also watching it enter the education sector for students to increase their academic understanding in cohesion with Web 2.0, with thanks to the…

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A World Through ICS-Colored Glasses

A World Through ICS-Colored Glasses

At top of the stairs on the second floor of the Ball Communication Building, there lies a Center unlike any other. Inside its doors, students live, work, and learn with one another about the bridge between technology and communication. They inhale professional wisdom and exhale personal stories. Students build relationships with faculty and their classmates that will last far beyond their time at Ball State University. However, they stay in the moment, because the Center for Information and Communication Sciences…

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